The Harmful Effects Of Smoking

What are the Harmful Effects of Smoking?

Smoking Kills

Of course we all know smoking kills and smokers who are in denial often say, “Well I could just as easily get knocked down by a bus.”  I know I used that well worn phrase many times when I was being warned by friends and family that my 40 a day habit would eventually kill me.  Smokers know they have to give up one day but it’s easier to put off the inevitable than to actually face it and do something about it.

Most smokers worry about cancer, the big C as its called by those who are scared of even speaking the word.  Cancer however could almost be preferable to some of the other debilitating illness that are brought on by smoking.  At least most people with lung cancer don’t live long and the illness, although dreadful is soon over.  Some of the other harmful effects of smoking can make the sufferer linger for years in pain and without any quality of life. In addition, What causes lung cancer? Anyone can get lung cancer, but 90 percent of lung cancer cases are the result of smoking. Smoke damages your lung tissue from the moment you inhale it. Once lung cells are damaged, they begin to behave abnormally. This increases your risk for lung cancer.

Emphysema is one illness brought on by constant smoking that can leave the sufferer with a very poor quality of life.  Sufferers gasp for breath and the constant feelings of shortage of breath are reportedly both frightening and debilitating.  I wonder how many of those who have suffered for years with lack of breath and no quality of life would have loved to have given up before they were forced to by their illness.  People who suffer with emphysema usually die of a heart attack as their overworked heart eventually enlarges and then gives out completely due to the constant struggle for breath.

More Harmful Effects of Smoking

Other long term smokers lose limbs and like my friends father often give up wanting to live after losing both legs.  How many limbless people wish they could go back just a year or two to the time they could have saved their limbs by stopping smoking?  Quality of life is greatly reduced when limbs are lost in later life.

Numerous heart problems are due to smoking and early deaths are attributed to those who smoke.  My own father was a casualty of smoking as were both of my grandfathers.  One of my grandfathers died of smoking related bronchitis aged 60, the other of heart failure after years of being chair bound aged 68 and my father died of a massive heart attack at the age of 54.  Both grandfathers stopped smoking when they ‘had to.’  My father didn’t stop in time.

Of course the best thing would be to never start smoking but once you have become addicted the sooner you admit it and stop the better.  If you’ve been smoking  a pack a day for years imagine the effects of smoking on your body?  The harmful effects of smoking include clogged arteries, the blackened lungs and the damaged voice box. If you need help from professionals, visit this website:

Another one of the harmful effects of smoking is on the voice, the vocal cords and the throat.  Throat and mouth cancers are on the increase, especially in women for some reason.  It’s not pretty to have a hole in the throat and to have to speak through a metal insert forevermore and to wear a permanent scarf around your neck.

When you first started smoking you may have thought it looked cool or macho but there’s nothing cool or macho about a person who’s dying of cancer or someone who can’t breathe.  Smoking has harmful effects that can end up claiming your life but you can also suffer terribly before you get there.

If you really want to stop, the best advice I can give you is don’t give up, keep wanting to be free, you’ll eventually get there.  If you really want it, you’ll get it.

Hypnosis is one of the most successful ways to stop smoking there is and if you’d like more information on how you can stop email me on

About Christine Wesson

Hello, I’m Christine Wesson, Chichester Hypnotherapist and as a consultant hypnotist I offer life changing hypnotherapy in Chichester, Bognor Regis and all areas of West Sussex. NHS registered, my mission as a therapist is to work with integrity, giving value, support, encouragement and guidance to enable individuals to recognize their full potential.

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